Gannon Runs by Tiffin in Regular-Season Homr Finale

ERIE, Pa. No. 14 Gannon held Tiffin scoreless for the first 33 minutes and seven seconds en route to a 21-2 non-conference victory Thursday evening in the regular-season home finale at Gannon University Field.

Gannon needed more than seven minutes until Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal at the 22:44 mark. It was all Lady Knights after that. The squad rolled off another 10 goals to assume an 11-0 advantage at the intermission.

Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, Md./Linganore) netted four goals during the first 30 minutes, including her 50th score of the season with 13 seconds left. The 50 goals marks the 26th time a Lady Knight has reached that plateau in a single season.

Gannon extended its lead to 12-0 on Kimberly Neagle's (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) fourth goal of the match 50 seconds into the second half. Tiffin finally got on the board when Alexandria Quast found the back of the net two minutes and 17 seconds later. The junior midfielder entered the contest with an NCAA Division II best 74 goals, before scoring both of the Dragons' goals. Her second came with 3:52 left in regulation.

After Quast's first score, Gannon rattled off another eight straight goals to grab a 20-1 lead. The two teams traded goals during the final four minutes to account for the final 21-2 score.

Heather Vouros (Victor, N.Y./Victor) scored her first goal with 11 seconds left in regulation while Susie Taylor (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) netted her first score of the season with 10:45 left. Miranda Walters (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area), Lauren Hunt (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) and Amanda Sharbaugh (Sarver, Pa./Knoch) all tallied their second goals of the season during the final 20 minutes.

Gannon out-shot Tiffin 55-14, including a 33-9 edge during the first 30 minutes. It represented the largest shot difference in a match since the Lady Knights out-shot Seton Hill 50-6 during a 26-2 victory on April 11, 2007. The 19-goal margin of victory was the program's biggest since a 23-0 victory at Erskine on March 3, 2010. The Lady Knights also held advantages in ground balls (51-21), draw controls (18-7) and opponent turnovers (23-14).

Neagle led all scorers with a career-high seven goals. Grzybinski followed with five scores. Seven different Lady Knights tallied one goal each.

Sixteen of Gannon's 21 goals came as the assisted variety. Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) recorded two goals and a career-high six assists. Rachel DerCola (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) dished out five assists. Fisher and Liz Algie (Adams, N.Y./South Jefferson Central) had two assists each. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) needed only five saves in goal to secure the victory, including only one during the second half.

Gannon, ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division II South regional rankings and 14th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 15 Poll, improved to 11-5 with its fourth consecutive victory and 10th during the last 12 matches. Tiffin dropped to 2-14.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club concludes the regular season Saturday, April 28 at rival Mercyhurst. Game time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The Lady Knights have already clinched a PSAC Quarterfinal home match to be played Tuesday, May 1 at Gannon University Field. The conference quarterfinal contest is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Gannon will enter the PSAC Tournament as the third seed with a victory, setting up a PSAC quarterfinal home match against Bloomsburg. The squad will enter the postseason as the PSAC fourth seed with a loss, creating a PSAC quarterfinal home match against Indiana (Pa.).

2012-04-26



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